Roy Krishna scored within the 85th minute from the penalty spot as ATK Mohun Bagan beat FC Goa 1-0 within the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium.
ATK Mohun Bagan was placed third on the table with 10 points after five games, having slipped from the highest position within the Indian Super League table after going winless in their previous two games, their opponents, FC Goa, placed fifth with 8 points, aren’t too distant.
The contest won’t only see two of the strongest teams within the ISL combat one another but also will pit two tactically sound managers with contrasting philosophies.
ATKMB coach Antonio Habas doesn’t put all his eggs within the ‘possession football’ basket. His team tactics are renowned for counter-attacking and being defensively organized. So far, the Kolkata giants have had a mean of 46 percent possession – third-lowest by a team this season.
Meanwhile, Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa side is the other. They need to be averaged 59 percent possession – most by a team this campaign.
But ATKMB faces two injury concerns with doubts over Javi Hernandez and Tiri in the match. Injuries to the duo have disrupted the balance of the side and Habas acknowledged the matter after his side dropped points in their previous game against Hyderabad FC.
“There may be a great distance (to go this season),” Habas had said about his team losing the highest spot. “We do not want to lose but we’ve many problems with injuries. But we’ve to recover the players and make them compete.”
While Igor Angulo will aim to increase his goal-scoring tally for the Gaurs, Roy Krishna is going to be key for ATKMB during counter-attacks. The Fijian has scored four of his team’s six goals thus far – with all their goals coming within the last half.
Out of the five goals Goa has let in thus far, three have come after the break and Ferrando is aware his side will get to be alert throughout the sport.
“It’s so vital to possess one plan for the team since we play against a really good team, not only Krishna,” he said.
“It’s important to be compact in fact (but) also (take care of) the time, area of the ball and therefore the spaces. it is vital to specialize in these details for 90 minutes. This team is incredible because for 90 minutes they’re working hard.”